Flavour concentrates are flavourings that are used in e-liquid, however these have been around a long time before e-liquids came to market, the vast majority of flavours were originally created for the food & drink market.
Companies such as Capella originally manufactured flavourings for hot drinks, adding a few drops to change the flavour.
In e-liquids just one flavour can be used to create a strawberry liquid, or if you want to get more creative you could add kiwi to the strawberry and perhaps some koolada to make it icy as well.
The vast majority are artificial flavours but some are natural and some are a mix of both, some natural flavours can separate from the liquid and float on top, this often tends to be citrus type flavours like lime, lemon, orange & cola.
What brands of flavour concentrates are the best?
We have all the best brands of flavour concentrates available, the best selling brands are
The Flavors Apprentice
If you need any advice on the best flavourings to use just get in touch and we will try our best to help.
What is a one shot?
A one shot is a mixture of flavour concentrates that is created so that the flavourings part of an e-liquid is already made, you just need to add vg, pg and nicotine if desired.
How do I make my eliquid sweeter?
There are a number of ways to do this
1). Use a small amount of sweetener flavours, using too much will ruin a mix so try really small amounts at the start, even as little as 0.1%
2). Marshmallow and Cotton Candy work as sweeteners, this gives a slightly different taste to straight sweeteners.
3) Strawberry, if using as strong flavour strawberry works really well as a sweetener, its tends to be masked by stronger flavours but the sweetness comes through and creates a smoother vape.
Why are some flavour concentrates different colours?
Flavour concentrates are manufactured this way, some will have added dyes and some are because of the chemicals used to create the flavour, natural flavours can be a similar colour to the fruit the flavour is based on.
Why can't I taste the flavour concentrate?
There are a few reasons why you can’t taste flavour concentrates
1). Your taste buds don’t pick up that type of flavour
2). Adding too little flavouring will create an e-liquid with a very mild flavouring.
3). Adding too much can destroy your taste buds, you will taste it at the start then your taste buds become imune to the flavouring very quickly.
4). Some flavours just aren’t very strong and need to be mixed with other flavours to add a slight difference to a recipe.
5). Vapers Tongue, you have vaped too much and you mouth needs a rest, using mint flavours can help with this, also making sure that you don’t use a tank that spits e-liquid when vaping.
6). Trying a pure flavouring before trying the mix will ruin your taste buds for that flavour.
What is the shelf life of flavour concentrates?
Manufacturers often have suggested best before dates on bottles, some companies give 2 years and some give 3 years, some companies say they don’t really expire at all, the flavour just changes slightly in taste as they get older and the colour of the flavouring can get darker.
The vast majority of flavourings are pg based, Propylene Glycol acts like a preservative which helps the flavour to last a lot longer.
Just a few tips
1). Keep out of sunlight
2). Keep in a cool place
3). Make sure the lid is kept on the bottle once used to stop air circulating.
4). Glass bottles can help keep to make the flavour last longer, however just use caps and not a glass dropper as the rubber in the dropper can react with the flavouring.
-We give a minimum of three months on full price flavour concentrates.